An outage affected thousands of customers in central San Diego on Thursday. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.
Thousands of San Diegans were without electricity Thursday, after a third-party construction crew hit a power line, according to San Diego Gas and Electric.
The outage extended through Center City, Golden Hill, Logan Heights, Mountain View, Lincoln Park, and the Balboa Park area.
As of 5 p.m., 218 customers were still without power, according to SDG&E's website. The website said that power is expected to be restored by 4 a.m. Friday.
At one point, nearly 10,000 customers were listed as without power.
In North Park, San Diego police officers were directing traffic at a main intersection before making a four-way stop.
For businesses and residents along 30th Street and the surrounding neighborhoods, power was out.
The San Diego Zoo and institutions in Balboa Park reported having electricity.
As of 10:45 a.m. SDG&E said 2,000 customers had power restored, and about 5,700 were still without power.
At Ray's Liquor, customers were stopping to pick up what they needed, even with the lights off.
The owner told NBC 7 he was worried the ice cream would go bad and that people won't buy some of the items if they weren’t refrigerated.
A local flower shop was also affected. In this warm weather, workers were tending to the flowers to make sure they stayed preserved.
SDG&E said a construction crew hit a power line, tripping one of its circuits around 8:20 a.m.
Several other circuits were tripped about an hour later